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braised canned black beans

Choose-Your-Flavor-Adventure Braised Beans

Use any one of Mesa de Vida's Recipe Starter Sauces to transform ordinary canned beans into a gourmet side dish or entree! Upgrade your pantry staples into a flavor adventure when you Make It With Mesa de Vida!
Servings 4 -8 servings


  • 2 cans cooked beans of your choice, approximately 3-4 cups black beans, kidney beans, pinto beans, garbanzo beans/chickpeas, cannelini beans - any beans work!
  • 1/4 cup about 3 heaping tablespoons, Mesa de Vida Recipe Starter Sauce - any flavor
  • 1/2 cup liquid of your choice - I like to use low-sodium broth, but water also works. *Another great flavor combo - use beer if you're making this recipe with our Smoky Latin flavor Recipe Starter Sauce!
  • salt and hot sauce to taste our Recipe Starter sauces are extremely low in sodium, so you can season to your own tastes/health needs.


  • Add all of the ingredients into a saucepan, stir to combine. Bring to a simmer over medium heat, then lower the heat to low and cover. Cook 10-15 minutes until the beans are as soft as you like them to be, and the flavorful liquid has soaked into the beans.
  • Enjoy!